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Focus too much on one side and you'll miss the point. Take the world for all it is and your mind will be free!
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So this past weekend I sat down with a friend to play with his new collection of X-Wing Miniatures and was served probably one of the most horrible beatings due to purely bad luck that I have ever had in any game.

We both decided to play a modified Mirror Match: We both had Krassis Trelix but with different support ships. The lists go like this:

Myself: Krassis Trelix + Saboteur + Seismic Charges + Concussion Missiles / "Dark Curse" / "Winged Gundark" / 2x Academy Pilot
Strat: Action-Negate with Ties while Slaver & Gundark uses charges and missle for early forced damage/crits

Friend: Krassis Trelix + HLC / Turr Phennir + Squad Leader / 1x Alpha Squadron Interceptor / 1x Academy Tie Fighter
Strat: Hoped to use Tie+Interceptor to slow down and cluster opponent while Trelix used HLC. Use Squad Leader and "free" boosts for nuisance effect.

What ended up happening was in the first exchange I overlapped 3 of my 5 firing arcs, in addition to unloaded my concussion missile for a total of 11 red dice which I rolled a surprising 2 crits and 7 hits. My friend rolled nothing but evades on and only took one hit off his shields out of the entire exchange.

The rest of the night ended up the same way. I would roll mostly blanks for evades and he would get solid hits with his HLC. We had a spectator who was watching the game just shaking their head at the luck. The entire two matches I had lost my Slaver and Dark Curse in the first match and one Academy to his Academy for the second for a tie.

I have no idea how I could have modified the fleet to compensate for it, though the HLC on Trelix is almost worth the cost. Having my missiles shot both times and negated like it was nothing was extremely underwhelming, with the charges being used only once and Saboteur not being used at all.

Has anyone else had as bad of luck with their dice rolls and if so what are some of the strats you have used to help reduce that? It was just really frustrating and even though he rarely had actions/lots of stress he still came out on top with all good dice rolls time and time again.

We did the math and we found the two matches resulted in a ratio of 7 evades to my 1 hit frequency that made the game really one sided. Game was still fun though as I did get a chance to show off some of my piloting skills by flying my Slaver/Ties through some very tight asteroid placements.

I think next time I'll be looking at using my Defender in place the Slaver and slip in "Outmaneuver" to reduce evade dice, and possibly slip in Turr Phennir + Squad Leader as I feel his ability to give actions and still get a Roll or Boost after the attack really made the difference a number of times in our matches. Thoughts welcome!
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I enjoy X-Wing because the dog fighting feel is really well done. But the general lack of random is what I really like about Warhammer Diskwar. 
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Great Watch, one of my favorite parts:

Monster: "Is that your girlfriend?"
Guy: "Yeah, Why?"
Monster: "Nothing really, I am sure she has a GREAT personality" ...sound continues of monster gnawing on Guy's arm.

Passive Aggressive Monsters, they are a thing! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! :P
 
Hello everyone! First time poster here and a moderate to occassional frequenter of various MU*'s. Joined the community as I've been curious to see what other types of MU*'s are out there, and to learn what TinyMUX and similar MUSH Varients are like. The idea of a purely RP server intrigue's me and I'd love to learn more.

To that end, hello!
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Thanks everyone for the prompt replies already!

@ +Auroness Smythe: I have been looking at DikuMUDS for a while and they seem to be among the easiest to implement "out of the box" as it were, and possibly one of the easiest methods of using a d20 like hack-n-slash MUD with possible RP elements.

+Jeremy Stratton: Text heavy games definitely have their place, though as Rick mentioned I would wager it would depend on the importance of combat and room-to-room fluidity.

@ +Rick Parker: From what I have read up on other forums and various "Homebrew" MUD's many people encourage the use of already generated Combat games rather than go with the RP side and add combat as an afterthought. An ambitious side of me wants to use a system like Evennia (evennia.com) to learn basic Python elements given it's fairly robust documentation and community support while adding my own modules for a combat system. We will have to see though, as I have programmed in the past it just has been ages working on it.

Though given my experience has mostly been with DIKU varients and not MUSH/MUX's, I want to see what it is that really drives "pure" RP systems, as it seems fairly close to what one would expect from a true tabletop system that requires a GM (which I am trying to avoid).
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Life in the Fassia Lane! This post explains some of the personal struggles, reflections, and accomplishments that have come in the past few months and what it may mean for the future to come!

Thanks to anyone and everyone who has helped follow along. Here is to looking forward to a renewed future!
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It is work like that that inspires me to learn how to paint miniatures! I have a plethora of X-Wing ships, and if I applied myself I can only imagine what creative work I could come up with!

Though I gotta say, when I saw this, +Jon Ellis was among the first I thought about! You gotta check this out!
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Game night came up and I got to try out my new gaming setup. Although I had the one picture taken the game was a great success despite our playing area being somewhat unconventional.

Despite my last couple games being horrible dice this game I focused on keeping outside of firing arcs which turned out to be a great success as described below:

REXLER'S SABERS (99 Points) < Me
Rexler Brath [Heavy Laser Cannon, Predator, Engine Upgrade] (51)
Saber Squadron Pilot [Push the Limit] (24) x 2

/verses/

SHUTTLE SHUFFLE (100 Points) < My friend
Prototype Pilot [Chardaan Refit, Hull Upgrade] (18) x 2
Biggs Darklighter [R7 Astromech, Shield Upgrade] (31)
Kyle Katarn [Ion Cannon Turret, Moldy Crow, Shield Upgrade] (33)

First game was a pretty hefty landslide victory as my friend tried to field a B-wing in place of Kyle Katarn and adjusting to the slow movement dial. He hadn't realized it was so slow and it mostly stayed around the fringes trying to shoot in though I was able to stay outside of the firing arc with relative ease and between then and my Defender chewing apart his A-Wings he conceded after I had all but his b-wing down to a single hull.

Second game was much more even, as he made much better use of bigs and the Moldy Crow. Sticking to keeping evades on my Interceptors I only used push the limit if I knew an ionized hit would push them into an astroid otherwise stacking evades and frustrating line of sight. Otherwise the game was pretty much a stalemate. By the hour point I had taken down all of Bigg's shields and we learned a hard lesson of how the new R7 Astromech's order of control works.

Although ending in a tie, it would appear this wing of his was very defensive but not much in the way of punch power, though it did a great job keeping my own "teeth" at arms reach. A well played game as this was our first game that neither of us crashed into asteroids.

Details on how the amazing droid works can be found here: http://www.themetalbikini.com/2014/07/droids-r7-astromech.html

And I gotta say between Biggs and the Kyle the synergy to remain focused and locked that can be used for both offense and a solid defense is substantial.

And as I become more familiar with them, Saber Interceptors with push-the-limit is by far among my favorite simple builds of all time. Even the higher level skill pilots sweet'n the pot, but all icing at that point.
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+Steven Chevalley: LoL yeah, by the time my opponent and his girlfriend arrived she was totally spoiled as the girlfriend spent most of the night giving her pets.

Luckily no Range Rulers were harmed in the production of our encounters... :P
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A video that speaks volumes for the increasing social disease that is beginning to plague our nation. The song and video speak to bring awareness to Mental Illness, it's growing prevalence, and the dire consequences the illness can have if left untreated or given appropriate attention.

As a high-functioning self-ware survivor of Bipolar Mixed Mania with Rapid Cycling I know all too well how devastating abandonment, social stigma, and lack of compassion can degrade a human being to nothing more than a brittle and lifeless reflection of ourselves. Often times, the mental illness that we suffer from there is no cure and no easy answer. There is only the continual questions of the value of our personal self worth and what crime we have committed to warrant the punishment of a pain that we can't always explain.

In the end, we must learn to love ourselves and be willing to fight for a better tomorrow. And remember, even in our darkest times, there is always a soul there to carry us through it all.

"Bring on the pills, roll the dollar bill
Medicating will never heal
Relapse, rehab, repeat
Always thinking about the me, me, me

Self-destruct, spiral down
Until your want becomes your need
Please get up like I know you can
Or forever love the fall"

Stop falling, spread your wings and learn to fly. Knowing your pain and facing it head on will make you stronger than you will ever know. Love yourself and know that you are not alone. FIGHT!

#iknowJenny  
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"ENVOY is a science fiction, action adventure, short film to be used as a proof of concept for a larger full-length motion picture. A love-letter to many of the classic action-adventure and science fiction films of the ’80s & ’90s, Envoy is a passion-project created by Director DAVID WEINSTEIN and Visual Effects Supervisor ADAM COGGIN."

Watching this after having a look, I was hooked. This little short really helped pull at the emotion strings, with a pleasant reward towards the end. Standing up for what is right is often times not rewarded with anything more but knowing deep down that you did the right thing, yet when a short like this happens you really feel happy for the young one.

Hopefully this will amount to something more, I'll be watching!
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Okay bad ass, needs more to it XD
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Here is looking at you +Katie Lorando!

So much #TableTop Love!
 
Check out this sneak peek at this year's Official Geek & Sundry Limited Edition International TableTop Day Kits! It's got so many awesome things like this #TableTopDay Campaign Coins Collector Pack. 

How can you get your hands on these? Ask your friendly local game store this weekend and find out if they will have them in stock on April 11th for International TableTop Day.

Don't forget to register your own event here: http://tabletopday.com/
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I often watch "Socially Accurate" historical reflections of current "ideals" and realize how my views are so foreign if not "old-fashioned". I wonder how many of those who follow along with me know which of these Era's I would most align my interests to? Speaking purely physical of course despite the fact that I often require social connection with an individual before finding any physical appeal. ;-)

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Hmmm... I have a sneaking suspicious that a particular +doom guy is well on his way to owning something like this...
 
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Creator of Worlds, Explorer of the Digital Universe, and General Nerd in all things computers, gaming, and the world of Open Source. I am very much a can-do and go-getter, and as such even if I don't know something, I am always eager to explore the WWW and fish out the answers!

I have at least 6 years of experience as both an End User and Novice Admin of various Linux Operating Systems, and am hoping to branch out and become more experienced with both the programming side and admin side of the OS.

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